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Lloyd Roden

Lloyd Roden Consultancy

With more than twenty-eight years in the software industry, Lloyd Roden has worked as a developer, test analyst, and test manager for many different organizations. Lloyd was a consultant/partner with Grove Consultants for twelve years. In 2011 he created Lloyd Roden Consultancy, an independent UK-based training and consultancy company specializing in software testing. Lloyd’s passion is to enthuse, excite, and inspire people in the area of software testing. He has spoken at conferences worldwide including STAREAST, STARWEST, Better Software, EuroSTAR, AsiaSTAR, and Special Interest Groups in software testing in several countries. In 2004, he won the European Testing Excellence award.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, May 5, 2014 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Testing with Limited, Vague, and Missing Requirements SOLD OUT

Requirements are essential for the success of projects―or are they? As testers, we often demand concrete requirements, specified and documented in minute detail. However, does the business really know what they want early in the project? Can they actually produce such a document? Is it acceptable to test with limited or vague requirements? Lloyd Roden challenges your most basic beliefs, explaining how detailed requirements can damage and hinder the progress of testing. Lloyd provides example applications that have no requirements, vague requirements, evolving requirements, complex requirements, and detailed requirements. You will assess and test each of these examples in turn and will establish what is the best approach in these situations and for what reasons. Learn how to question applications and provide feedback on their quality using your experience and appropriate techniques regardless of the level of detail provided in the requirements.

Laptops are required for this tutorial.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
Test Management for Busy People

In today's fast-paced IT world we are often told to deliver higher quality systems to our customers under challenging time schedules, with fewer resources, and reduced budgets. As test managers and team leaders, we must become more effective and efficient with the resources we are given. We should begin questioning whether all those testing processes really must be executed and whether all that documentation should be produced, or whether some, if not all, can be streamlined. Are test plans really important? Are detailed scripts really useful? How can we create highly productive teams? Based on his upcoming book, Test Management for Busy People, Lloyd reveals how the important tasks can be determined and how time can be allocated to them, while minimizing working on multiple projects simultaneously (a real time waster). Lloyd shares a flexible framework showing which tasks can and should be streamlined so that valuable time can be restored to the busy test manager.

Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 1:30pm
Top Challenges in Testing Requirements

Studies show that at least half of all software defects are rooted in poor, ambiguous, or incomplete requirements. For decades, testing has complained about the lack of solid concrete requirements, claiming that this makes our task more difficult and in some instances—impossible. Lloyd Roden challenges these beliefs and explains why having detailed requirements can be at best damaging and at worst can even be harmful to both testing and the business. Rather than constantly complaining, Lloyd shows how testers and test managers can rise to the challenges of testing without requirements, testing with evolving requirements, testing with vague requirements, and testing with wrong requirements. To help make your testing more effective, Lloyd provides practical tips and techniques for each of these testing challenges.